The right to go, the right to stay—migrants worldwide have rights. Unfortunately, as the world witnesses the greatest displacement of people in modern history, nearly 66 million individuals’ only choice is to go. As Christians, we desire that all people and communities flourish as God intends for us and for families to be together. As we advocate for people’s rights to asylum and legal status in the United States, it’s also critical that we advocate for policies that address the root causes of migration that force people to leave, including violence, inequality, climate change, and corruption.
Instead of increasing funding that forcibly separates families through inhumane immigration detention and deportation of individuals back to dangerous conditions—in many cases to the same situation that compelled them to leave their home—we can support programs that give families the choice to stay in the countries they call home.
Ask Congress to address the root causes of forced migration.